The OCPD Cadet Program focuses on mentoring inner-city youth from the Oklahoma City Public School System (OKCPS) who aspire to have a career in law enforcement. Our police department has partnered with Metro Tech and OKCPS to identify young adults interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. These students receive valuable training through Metro Tech’s Law Enforcement Academy from Metro Tech instructors and OCPD instructors. After completing this 2-year program, cadets will acquire over 700 CLEET hours and various law enforcement related certifications which will help them in their future careers. Currently, we partner with our local technology centers who offer law enforcement programs to students during their junior and senior years of high school. After completing the two year program at the tech centers, students may become eligible to apply for the OCPD Cadet Program. You must be 18-21 years of age to apply to the cadet program.
Successful graduates are then able to apply to the Oklahoma City Police Department’s Cadet Program where they will receive guidance, mentoring and support from their police officer mentors. Potential cadets must complete an application packet; pass a background check and oral board before being accepted into the program.
As OCPD Cadets, they will receive assistance in tuition through OSU-OKC and Oklahoma City Community College. For those students who have a financial need for employment, program partners can provide employment in various service oriented positions. OCPD Cadets must also conduct a minimum number of monthly community service hours and training. Community service hours consist of various community events and functions where OCPD Cadets will represent the program, our police department and our City. OCPD Cadets who chose to begin a career in law enforcement with the Oklahoma City Police Department and who meet all qualifications, will be considered when going through the Police Academy application process.
Through training, mentoring, education and employment assistance it is our hope that we will positively influence our youth towards a career in public service.